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Timothy Hutton Biography

Birth Place:
Malibu, California, United States
Actor, director, screenwriter, producer

Fast Facts

  • Father was actor Jim Hutton, who played the title character on the short-lived detective series Ellery Queen
  • Made his big-screen debut at 5, appearing alongside his father in the 1965 comedy Never Too Late
  • Played Carol Burnett's son in the acclaimed TV-movie Friendly Fire (1979)
  • Had his breakthrough role as troubled teen Conrad in Robert Redford's 1980 drama Ordinary People
  • Turned down the part in Risky Business (1983) that made Tom Cruise a star
  • Directed the 1984 video for The Cars' hit single "Drive
  • " Feature directing debut was the 1998 drama Digging to China, starring Kevin Bacon and Mary Stuart Masterson
  • First series-regular role was on A&E's A Nero Wolfe Mystery (2001-02); subsequently starred on the short-lived NBC series Kidnapped (2006-07) and the TNT hit Leverage


  • 1982BAFTA Film Awards-Most Outstanding Newcomer to Leading Film Roles: nominated
  • 1982Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: nominated
  • 1982Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 1981Golden Globe-New Star of the Year - Actor: winner
  • 1980Los Angeles Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actor: winner